Family planning plays an important role in controlling population growth and in securing the child’s future. Though the result may not be immediate, being aware of how to control pregnancy can be beneficial to both the family and the society. Through this, the family’s resources, especially the financial resources, will be sufficient for the members of a small family compared to that of a family comprised of many members. Aside from this, family planning can also help a couple achieve pregnancy. Hence, couples are encouraged to use natural birth control methods such as the Billings ovulation method.

The Billings ovulation method is used by millions of women all around the globe which was developed by Drs John and Evelyn Billings. Their discovery was further supported by different clinical trials conducted by several scientists as well as by the World Health Organization. This type of family planning indicates that by learning to identify your natural signals of fertility, you can use the Billings Ovulation Method to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy and to safeguard your reproductive health.

The Billing’s Ovulation Method is done by taking a cervical mucus sample (by hand) every day and recording its quantity, appearance and feel (as well as noting any other fertility/physical signs) on a daily chart. It allows for you to identify the fertile phase of your menstrual cycle by the presence of cervical mucus, and the sensation it produces at the vulva in the days leading up to ovulation.

As you plot your observations on the chart, you have to take note of the dry, sticky and wet days because these will determine your fertile days. The basic infertile pattern (BIP) should also be recognized because this indicates that pregnancy is not possible. BIP shows constant dryness or an unchanging discharge that produces the same sensation and appearance day after day. Lastly, if you want to be fully educated in order to ensure the effectiveness of using this method, it is recommended that you get advice from a trained healthcare provider.